Monday, September 18, 2017


Since I wrote last I've been hurricane watching. Hurricane Irma. Stupid hurricane anyway covering all of Florida. My oldest son Michael lives in Tallahassee and did a voluntary evacuation because he lives in a mobile home. Better safe then sorry. He headed north and ended up in Knoxville, TN where he was able to stay with a friend. Along the way he was looking for a motel room and everything was booked because of all the people fleeing from Florida. He lucked out when a motel had a cancellation and he jumped right on that. Only for one night but that was OK because he had a destination. Scary stuff. When he came back home he was happy to see that he didn't receive any damage and was able to get back to normal life. I do not like hurricane season. I lived in Georgia for 4 years when I worked at Kings Bay. Nope. No hurricane season for me...........We actually had a day of rain yesterday. It hasn't rained all summer and everything is dry and brown. Bella still went out for awhile. Rain isn't gonna stop her............Dan has been doing cleanup on our rig. About a week ago, he was on top cleaning all the fantastic fan vents and screens. And he finished up the second coat of yellow paint on our shed.

This will be one of the last blooms on Dan's hibiscus. Besides the squirrels loving the buds, the plant will soon go dormant for about 6 months or so.
One of the last blooms on the Hollyhock, our "Christine plant" too.
My youngest son Jason and his girl Jenny bought me this t-shirt when they went camping in Leavenworth, WA.....I love it! The people at my eye doc appointment took the picture. They loved it too!
And, here is how Bella and Tucker roll in the rain. Bella is used to the umbrella and runs to get under it. This is Tucker's first time under it. He was quite skeptical at first but decided it was OK when he seen Bella was under it. It was raining lightly at first, but when the rain was hitting the umbrella pretty hard, it was noisy and spooked Tucker, so he ran. Bella doesn't care. Tucker eventually came back to sit under it later.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Normal everyday stuff happening here. Today as I write this entry, the sky is overcast, gray, and lightly misting. Been quite awhile since we seen any moisture. Good thing we picked blackberries yesterday. They were SO ready to be picked and if we had not picked, today they would have been ruined by the moisture. Dan's daughter Audrey and her kids were here and helped us pick 3 1/2 gallons. She took a couple of gallons of blackberries and about 1/2 a quart of blueberries home with her.

Here is Tucker just chillin'. He is very good at doing that. Sometimes we wish Bella would chill more. Shes SO active!
Dan taped off 2 sides of the shed and gave them another coat of paint. 2 more sides yet to paint. The shed is looking good.
We had a solar eclipse on August 21st. 90% covered. I made us each a box in which to view the eclipse. Worked out real good. My sister and her daughter Tonya came home from being at the planetarium in Bremerton with some special glasses, so we were able to look right at the eclipse. It was too cool. When the sun was covered, we both felt a chill in the air. What a strange feeling that was. And, of course, it was darker outside. I'm so glad we got to experience this.

I was able to take a picture with my phone after the eclipse was over. I caught Venus off to the right of the sun.
As. you can tell, its getting close to football season again. OK. Whatever floats your boat. I personally don't enjoy watching a football game, although I am happy that the Seahawks win. Dan bought this neon Seahawk light for my sister Christine. It now lives in her front window of the house.
This is what it looks like when one of the apple trees bares fruit and its all bad. The tree is probably 70 to 75 years old and it just doesn't work for the apples anymore. I think Dan is gonna try and prune the trees in the orchard and see if they will make a "come back". The apples will be dumped in the woods in the background of the picture.
This is the sign I had put up in front our rig in the desert in Quartzsite. The desert is HUGE but people still sped by our rig on their ATV's not watching for Bella and throwing up lots of dust. I decided to put my old sign up in the shared driveway by our rig which sits next to my sister's house. And even made a new sign to go with the old. So far it has slowed down the UPS, FEDEX, other delivery drivers, pizza guy, and anyone else who comes down the driveway that doesn't live in the two back houses. Good idea Patty! :-)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Its been a very long time since I wrote. We are in quite a long dry spell here in Bremerton. Everything is dry and brown. Because of all the awful fires up north in British Columbia, we seem to be in a smokey haze. Thank goodness it doesn't bother me or Dan, but the air quality sure is bothering people with asthma and things like that. I hope the firefighters can get all the fires out soon. I guess my blog entry this time will just be pictures of life.

I went to a baby shower and had a good time. This is my great nephew Gabe. He lives in Montana.

Dan took the bike out of our storage shed and was making it pretty. We sold it to his daughter but it still lives with us. He couldn't resist taking it for a spin. The bike has straight pipes, so I could hear everywhere he went as he stayed within about 6 or 7 blocks from our 5th wheel. When the bike traveled with us I used to warn the neighbors in the RV parks we were staying at that he was gonna fire up the bike. I didn't want anyone to choke on their toast or wet their pants. lol lol....Mostly I said something to them because most of them had yippy dogs and didn't wanna scare them and set them all to barking and barking and yipping and barking. lol lol.........OK. I warned them out of common courtesy. I was being polite. :-)

Here is Bella doing her "Bella thing". Patiently stalking birds or mice.
Some of the Hollyhocks in the yard, aka, the Christine plant after my sister. She brought the plant home when she was very young and it blooms every year.

My tiny crowded garden. I should have spread the plants out but I didn't. I was lazy.

It has been rather hot here during our dry spell and sometimes the heat has gotten to Bella. Our normally VERY active cat has been taking small cat naps during her outdoor time.

Tucker doesn't much like the heat either with all his fur, but he is pretty laid back and has no problem chillin' all the time.
The neighborhood had a fire. Second time for this place. Arson. This place is located on the other side of the apartments that are next to the house. I hate fire.
Just a silly picture. My oldest son Michael gave me a Mother's Day gift in May. This balloon is still has some helium, so its just been hanging around for awhile. I'll let it float as long as it wants. LOL LOL

Thursday, June 08, 2017


Its raining today. Blaaaa.........Its been so nice out for the last couple of weeks or so and we sure did enjoy it. Dan was busy washing the 5th wheel and pressure washed/washed/waxed the truck and my car. He also had enough good weather so he could get on top of our rig to put new sealer around our fantastic fans. We did have blue tarps over two of the fans all winter to keep the rain and snow out. So glad the tarps are off now. Our rig looks pretty good now. Dan sure did love his heating pad after all that work! Also during the nice weather, we had a "going away" BBQ for my niece Jennifer and her family. They are moving back to Illinois. It was really strange to see lots of little kids playing in the orchard. I took all the little kids on a quad ride around the property. They sure did like that and it was nice for me to be back on the quad. I miss riding it in the desert......We also went to a small graduation get together at one of the local bowling alleys. It was for Jason's stepdaughter, Taylor. It was bowling with rock n roll. I loved the music and had fun watching everyone bowl.

This is what happens to Bella when shes been out playing in the sun. Nap time.
Dan is hard at work cleaning our home.

Our little pal, Bob, likes cherries and grapes. Bob is actually a girl but we didn't really notice until later. She is still Bob to us. We also have a Bobbie which turned out to be a boy. LOL LOL LOL
Bob is very friendly and not afraid of us or Bella.
I hung my plastic bag with "special nuts" on the chair. Special nuts are walnuts, filberts, and pecans. Nuts that the squirrels don't get all the time. Well, Bob seen the nuts in the bag and discovered how she was gonna get some. Bella was sitting there watching her and I was sitting in a chair close by taking pictures.
Hmmmmmm. Trying to figure out how shes gonna get in there.

LOL. She found the opening.
And, down she goes. Lots of treasures to choose from.
Yum. She found a tasty pecan.
Jason being silly at the bowling alley.
Here is Dan and Bella on our last sunny day before the rain came. Dan is doing some clipping and Bella is just chillin'.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


HAPPY MOMMIES DAY! Going to son Jason's house for dinner. He is cooking. YUM!....Missing my Mom. Oh sigh.............Its been awhile since I wrote. Nothing real exciting to write about seeing as we aren't traveling. Its been pretty damp here so getting to see some blue sky is a treat. I did take a weekend train trip north to Bellingham on the Amtrak. Went to my niece's baby shower. Always like riding on the train. I had to ride a bus from Seattle to Everett because a mud slide, but then I was able to get on the train. I ride business class so I can have a bigger seat and more leg room. Works for me! Other then that, just been mostly hanging out at home. Did go out to the Clearwater Casino with Christine to Jenny's birthday party. It was all 80's music which I really liked. Came out $8.40 ahead on the slots. Works for me. Better then being in the hole...........Here are some pictures to enjoy. :-)

Tucker is chasing birds up in the apple tree
Hmmmmmmm.....Can I get that one?
Bella hanging out waiting for the rain to stop
Soon to be Mommy, Annalisa, my niece
Me and Annalisa
Soon to be first time grandma, my sister Peggy
Yup, that's us
Dan's Hibiscus "woke up" from being dormant since last October

Apple blossoms
I wish you could see this little guy better. I believe he either got hit by a car or had a stroke. We call him Tipsy because he now runs sideways, his eye is drooping, and he looses his balance. He is getting better as he doesn't fall over as much when trying to sit up and eat a nut. He will come out from wherever he lives and if he sees that we are outside, actively seek us out looking for a nut.
Dan bought my sister Christine a new lawnmower. Her old one is crap. Although Dan did put a new carburetor on it so maybe she can sell it and make a little money.

Jenny and son Jason out celebrating Jenny's birthday
Getting on their groove :-)
Dan's Hibiscus with 4 blooms
Then with 5 blooms. That hasn't ever happened before.